Twitterati has come out with a myriad of reactions about the Indian Prime Minister’s Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced at 20:20 in 2020 to fight Covid-19.
THE fifth televised address during pandemic by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night mostly drew social media flak on the use of vocabulary. As the virtual world got flooded with puns and memes, Kashmiris expressed their difficulty in understanding the speech.
Even in mainland India, many people took to their social media accounts to share their opinions on the package.
One netizen hoped that the package also didn’t turn out to be a “jumla”.
A Relief Package Of Rs. 20 lakh Crore By PM Modi. A Great And Much Needed Step Taken By Govt. For Our Economy In The Time Of Health & Economic Emergency.
Now Let’s Hope For The Best And Also Wish That This Package Also Don’t Come Out To Be Another Type Of Jumla
— Vishal Menya (@MenyaVishal) May 13, 2020
A netizen tracking the timing of the address came up with a witty observation: Rs. 20 lakh crore relief package in the year 2020 at 20:20 hours.
समय 20:20 बजे
20 लाख करोड़ का पैकेज वाह ! मोदी जी वाह ! नरोत्तम शर्मा !@ArunKumRSS @rupeshkashyap @ImAvinashKhanna @BJP4JnK @BrigadierAnil @myogiadityanath @mlkhattar @narendramodi @Nishikant1971 @kpmaurya1 @RavinderBJPJK @AnoopKotwal78 @ManhasArun @ANI @Nishikant1971
— Narottam Sharma . (@Narotta48793154) May 13, 2020
Since PM Modi announced the new package, a netizen wrote, he might fulfill the old promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh to every citizen’s bank account.
Joo 15 lakh daine kaa vaada 6 saal pehle kiya tha, woo ab poora kare ga Modi ji 😂😂😂
Sb ko pata hai, yeh bii Bss kehne kii baat hai 😂😂😂,
— Syed Burhan Peerzada (@peerzada007) May 12, 2020
In 2014, a package of Rs 15 lakh to every citizen was promised by Narendra Modi while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.
PM Modi’s #Lockdown4
20 lakhs package for organised middle class but nothing for unorganised labourers and the migrant class.
15 Lakh Mile Nahi
20 Lakh Ke Sapne Mil Gaye #atmanirbharbharat #EconomicPackage #Lockdown4 #Lockdownextention #CoronaPandemic https://t.co/Q36GoXueoQ
— خان صابر (@KhAnSaBiR19) May 12, 2020
In the 33-minute address, PM Modi appreciated the way India converted the crisis into an opportunity. “India’s fundamental thinking provides a ray of hope to the world,” he said.
*Modi announces 20 lakh crores economic package*
Indians : when will it be actually distributed?
Le modi : pic.twitter.com/HgJzb7Ox3Y
— Hamza Bazaz (@hahahamza_) May 12, 2020
Considering the impact of the contagion, PM Modi encouraged people to buy and promote local products. He encouraged people to become vocal for the local.
However, complaining about the internet ban in Kashmir, a netizen said that he could not be vocal for the local because if he became vocal internet would be shut down in the valley.
Modi ji ne baat toh achi ki but yahan J&K mai local k liye vocal nhi ho skte warna aapke loug internet ban aur PSA lgaa dete hain, Sorry 😔
— S O H R A B (@kodecaine) May 12, 2020
Expressing his disappointment with the speech one netizen tweeted that the PM’s address did not talk about the death of migrant workers.
— Saquib Hussain Batt (@listensaquib) May 12, 2020
Since the lockdown has been implemented the migrant workers are rendered unemployed.
I m still of this belief that modi ji is nt going to knw hw many zeros are there is 20 lakh crore rupees. Politically motivated jumla
— Tanveer dar (@DarTanv68756073) May 13, 2020
Though the government has promised to look after their needs, many cases were reported where the migrant workers were suffering from non-availability of rations.
But from where he will generate this cash? Million $ questions . I don’t think this money is from pm fund. Modi Will borrow money from few international banks / institutions.
Which means after lockdown ends there will be probably increase in tax.
— MOHAMMAD ATIF ANEES (@Atifanees07) May 12, 2020
Some even compared the PM’s intimidating vocabulary with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who is known for the use of abstruse words like farrago (confused mixture), Lalochezia (the emotional relief gained from using abusive language), Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words) and many more.
Modi Zee to Shashi Tharoor after using word Quantum Jump. pic.twitter.com/GWz8h9UU5b
— Malik Feroz (@gfarozam) May 12, 2020
Starting the address at 20:00 hours, PM Modi took 20 minutes to announce the economic package, prompting a pun from a netizen.
Modi addressing nation pic.twitter.com/3lPFWWDmhG
— Kaiser Rashid (@Kaiser_Rash1d) May 12, 2020
“Today’s speech of PM Modi flashbacked me of my board exams,” recollected one of the netizens, adding that he wrote two pages to answer a seven-mark question to get at least five marks.
Today’s speech of PM modi flashbacked me of my board exams. it was the 7 marks question and i wrote the fairy tales of my ancestors to coverup the 2 pages of the answer sheet at least to get 5 marks.but my answer proved to be had mal nutrition so i failed in my boards.
— Shabeeeer Ali (@ShabeeeerA) May 12, 2020
Apart from memes and jokes, many netizens had some hard questions about the package.
This year the target annual fiscal budget of Modi was 30,00000 cr now tonight he declared package of 20,00000 cr…. Is this in addition to budget or he has cut the already scheduled budget? Just a query.@Nidhi @RahulGandhi @sardesairajdeep @fayedsouza
— Babar Qadri Truth (@BabarTruth) May 12, 2020
“India did not have the resources for a big bang fiscal package,” as per the narrative spun by the finance ministry over the past 45 days, opined a netizen.
20 lakh crores package? The narrative spun by the finance ministry over the past 45 days was that India did not have the resources for a big bang fiscal package similar to those delivered by many developed nations. Modi wants to be seen generous as big countries.
— Muhammad Mohsin Shafi (@thebettersufi) May 13, 2020
Notably, India took a 1.5 bn loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Considering India had to take a loan to fight the crisis, the netizens questioned from where the PM Modi is getting 20 lakh crore.
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